Originally Posted by smccarrick
True for general adminstrative grades but not necessarily true for specialist grades.
To take the decline in the construction industry and the capital budget for a start, there must be an oversupply of road engineers in the NRA and local authorities, too many architects in the OPW and too many apprentice lecturers in VECs and IoTs.
These specialists are not easily redeployable with their current skills and in many cases it must be cheaper to make them redundant. We will wait and see.
I suppose the response to this is- how many road engineers, junior lecturers and architects- along with allegedly redeployable admin grades are there- in comparison to those grades that are experiencing grave difficulties in fulfilling core functions because of a lack of specialist or technical grades/support?
Its no coincidence that the highest proportion of applications under the early retirement scheme were from laboratory and IT grade staff- not only are they under immense pressure- but they also have skillsets that even in our appalling economy- are readily in demand in the private sector. Many of them have reached the conclusion that its simply not worth putting up with the degradation of pay and conditions- ontop of the significant increase in all their work loads because of the non-replacement of staff.
Its quite ironic that the policy of non-replacement is in actual fact haemorrhaging the very staff who are most necessary to ensuring the smooth running of the very business units that are held up as examples of what can be achieved through the 'modernisation' model.......
What do they intend to do- do a trawl of the admin grades in the HSE and persuade them to retrain as doctors and nurses- and the admin grades in the civil service and get them all trained up as lab technicians? I'm not even going to think about the various quangoes- whose staff have already refused to redeploy to vacant technical posts in the public sector- as they're not willing to accept the depleted public sector pay and conditions.........
As a first step- there has to be an audit of the qualifications and skills of all pre-existing staff- be they admin or technical grades, and alongside this, some sort of incentive put in place to encourage those with requisite skills to move to posts where they can be of maximum use. The number of qualified doctors, accountants, scientists and engineers- in admin posts, is I imagine startling........